34. "Keep the Ordinances, As I Delivered Them"
The Purpose of the Sacrament and Spiritual Gifts
"The main purpose of priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ is to lead the faithful in such a way that they can feel and receive the gifts of the Spirit, the greatest of which is the gift of eternal life." There are various gifts of the Spirit, all of which aid us in our journey back to the Father. Chart 12-10 shows the great array of spiritual gifts that are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12, Moroni 10, Doctrine and Covenants 46, and the seventh Article of Faith.
Though we are taught in 1 Corinthians 12 that all spiritual gifts are to benefit "the body of Christ," "artists can be drawn away from a gospel-oriented life by the very artistic gifts that God has endowed them with. In this article, Pat Debenham discusses three thinking patterns that regularly lead artists away from lives centered on the gospel.
This excerpt from a forthcoming full commentary on 1 Corinthians looks at these three verses line by line. Paul encouraged his converts to be true followers of Christ, to keep his instructions, and to be orderly in their conduct. Regarding man as the head of woman, Paul acts within the mores of his culture.